Going Green Blog

Paving the street with recycled plastic mixed in asphalt

Photo source: Dvice.com It seems logical that keeping trash off the roadways is the eco-friendly thing to do, but not in this case. Vancouver B.C. is the first city in the world integrating a new plastic-to-asphalt technology to literally add trash into the asphalt mix. It’s all part of the city’s plan to become the world’s Greenest City by 2020. The process works like this: Recycled plastic is melted down into a waxy substance which is then added to the asphalt mix for repaving city streets.
Turning trash into construction materials for building

Photo Source: Gary Jackson Typically, the goal is to get garbage out of the house and carted off to the landfill. That’s not the case here. Some creative, eco-minded individuals are taking trash and using it to construct full-fledge, livable housing. These homes are built from scrap metal, reclaimed lumber, soda cans and bottles, plastic waste, shipping containers, and plain old trash. Living in a “dump” has never been so sweet!
Tech inventions built from trash and junk parts

Some people see garbage as an opportunity. It takes quite a bit of imagination and ingenuity to transform household junk into innovative tech gadgets and doohickeys. Here are some of the coolest examples of how you can repurpose trash with a twist of tech. Homemade Camera This camera was the brainchild of an unknown photographer named Miroslav Tichy of the Czech Republic. He used this and other similar cameras from the 1960s through 1985. This particular creation is made from toilet paper tubes, sandpaper, plywood, asphalt, thread spools, and other trash he had lying around.
Filabot recycles plastic into filament

Photo by Whitney Trudo via Wired.com Plastic waste makes up more than 12-percent of all waste entering landfills in the U.S., according to 2010 figures from the EPA, which is equivalent to about 31 million tons. Only about 8-percent of this plastic trash was recycled, so that leaves quite a bit plastic junk lying around. An innovative new gadget called the Filabot promises to improve the plastic waste problem – it grinds up plastic, melts it, and extrudes plastic filament.
Save money on dumpster rentals

Renting a dumpster can get quite expensive if you go at it blindly. There are easy ways to ensure you’re getting the best price on a dumpster rental for whatever project you need it for. Why spend $500 for a dumpster when you can get it for $350? We can show you how.
Recycled Orchestra builds its own instruments from junk found at the local landfill

Image via ScienceoftheTime.com A group of young musicians living in a remote Paraguayan village located near a landfill view trash in a much brighter light than the rest of us. So many kids in the area were interested in playing music that there weren’t enough instruments to go around. Solution: Build musical instruments out of found materials at the landfill.
Wedding and garbage truck

Source: Ronnie Keshishian, via: Waste and Recycling News Is there a better place to renew your wedding vows than right alongside a Heil Environmental 7000 automated side-loading garbage truck? According to Ronnie Keshishian, nope! He recently surprised his wife of 16 years with the unique wedding-vow-renewal ceremony in front of about 200 people. Ronnie’s wife, Rhea, has been aware of Ronnie’s obsession with anything garbage since their first date where he took her back to his place to…look at his toy garbage trucks.
Worm composting at Charlotte Douglas Airport

North Carolina’s Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) is on the cutting edge of manufacturing huge quantities of worm poop…Huh!? It’s true, and it’s not gross; it actually makes this airport one of the most eco-friendly in the United States. The $1.2 million waste-to-fertilizer plan recently taken on by the 11th busiest airport in the U.S. is biggest composting projects of its kind. The idea of the project is to turn the estimated ½ lb. of trash generated by each of the nearly 20 million passengers visiting the airport each year and recycling/composting as much of it as possible.
iRecycle app from Earth911

Source: Earth911.com The holidays are over but now the real work begins: Cleaning up the excess of wrapping paper, cardboard, obsolete household items, and the list goes on. Fortunately, technology is here to help. An innovative new mobile makes it a breeze to find recycling centers near you willing to take your unwanted holiday junk.
Ken Butler makes musical instruments from trash

It’s safe to say that New York artist Ken Butler isn’t your average artist and musician. Sure, he can play a wide range of stringed and percussion instruments like any seasoned musician out there can do, but it’s the actual instruments he plays that set him apart. He builds fully-functioning musical instruments out of stuff he finds in the dumpster! Legendary guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin may be more famous for playing his axe on stage, but Ken Butler can boast that he literally plays an axe!
Dumpster rental frequently asked questions

Renting a dumpster for a home remodeling project, new construction, or home cleanout is as an easy process, but if it’s something you’ve never done before, you may have some questions about how to go about getting the right container for the right price. We’ll go through several of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to renting a dumpster.
The Grinch loves cluttered homes during Christmas

Clutter works in mysterious ways. It seems to creep up on you without warning, and before you know it your home looks more like a storage locker than a living space. Clutter is particularly sneaky around the holidays as Santa adds more “stuff” to your current clutter collection. The problem arises when you forget to get rid of old and unused stuff to make room for the new. So, let’s take a look at some simple ways to ensure your home stays clutter-free this holiday season.
Junk removal company working

Have a garage, basement or whole home filled with junk? If you answered “yes,” congratulations!...You’re normal! We all have an area of the house in desperate need of some decluttering but either don’t have the time, motivation or physical ability to clean up the mess. Calling a junk removal service is the answer to the problem. What’s cool about many junk removal service providers today is the growing trend of ‘green’ junk removal.

American's generate about 250 million tons of waste each year. That's an incredibly huge amount of trash, junk, construction debris, e-waste, and so on entering landfills, recycling centers and composting piles each year. The problem is that a large majority of the stuff we toss in the trashcan and forget about can be recycled, reused, composted or otherwise kept out of landfills. Landfills take up valuable space, create environmental concerns, are expensive to operate and are an eyesore in otherwise beautiful landscapes.
Restored 1950 Garbage Hauler

Restored trash hauler, circa 1950. Sold at auction for $125,000. Ready to learn something new today? The history of the garbage truck in America probably isn’t the most intriguing topic ever, but it’s actually pretty interesting and will give you some ammo next time you want to make yourself feel smarter than someone else. The Early Days of Hauling Trash Garbage haulers have been around since the 1800s. Back then, trash haulers were huge horse-drawn open containers on wheels. It wasn’t until the introduction of the Model T in 1908 that trash haulers ditched the horse in favor of some “horsepower.”